Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Updated on July 29, 2020 at 10:10 a.m.

Please visit protect.ku.edu for the latest information about KU's response to COVID-19 and the university's reopening plan. This page includes news and resources for the KU Law community.

Recent news

  • The law school has finalized its fall academic calendar:
    • Thursday, Aug. 20: Entering Students Program begins for first-year students
    • Tuesday, Aug. 25: Online 2L/3L Orientation for upper-level students
    • Wednesday, Aug. 26: Classes begin
    • Tuesday, Nov. 24: Last day of fall classes
    • Wednesday, Nov. 25: Thanksgiving recess begins, no classes
    • Monday, Nov. 30 - Friday, Dec. 4: Study week
    • Monday, Dec. 7: First day of final exams (some exam times may be subject to change)
    • Friday, Dec. 18: Last day of final exams
    • Saturday, Dec. 19: Winter recess begins
    • There will not be a Labor Day holiday or a Fall Break. Law school classes will meet on those days.
  • Information about the campus reopening plan, including details about public health measures, is now available at protect.ku.edu. Individuals must wear masks (cloth minimum) that fully cover their mouths and noses at all times while on campus and within 6 feet of another individual.
  • The law school’s fall schedule is currently undergoing changes in Enroll & Pay to accommodate a 15-minute break between classes. Registration through Enroll & Pay will be offline until Aug. 3. While start times for classes may be adjusted by up to 15-20 minutes, we do not anticipate major changes to our schedule. No classes are scheduled for the weekend and no class is scheduled to begin before our typical 8:10 a.m. starting time. Students: for the time being, refer to the fall course schedule that is posted on our website for planning purposes.
  • Green Hall will remains closed, following guidance from KU Public Safety. Students who need access to the building may email Chris Steadham, library director, at csteadham@ku.edu. Students, your items may remain in Green Hall until you are ready to collect them.
  • Many law school services are operating remotely.

Resources for the KU Law community

Follow the links below to find recent updates and resources in these categories:


News and announcements from KU Law

See below for communications and information specific to the KU School of Law.

Notice of contingency plans for distance learning (7/29/20)

KU law school launches legal research corps (6/10/20)

KU Law pop-up clinic to offer free legal services to health care workers (4/27/20)

Law school adapts course offerings, policies in response to COVID-19 (4/10/20)

Message from the Dean: Spring 2020 Grade Policy Update - School of Law (3/30/20)

Blog post: Tips for successful remote learning and stress management (3/25/20)

Message for alumni: COVID-19 response at the KU School of Law (3/18/20)

KU Law update: Preparing for online instruction, library and building availability, and other news (3/17/20)

Additional updates concerning KU Law classes and events (3/13/20)

Message from the Dean: KU Law response to COVID-19 (3/12/20)


Resources for students

RESOURCES FOR STUDENT LEARNING

Please review the resources below and make sure you have access to these services:

KU IT provides a diverse range of technology support for KU students through its customer service center.

Additional university resources are available in the “studying” section of remote.ku.edu.

STUDENT EMERGENCY FUND

In an effort to make sure an unforeseen circumstance doesn’t prevent a student from continuing on to graduation, the University of Kansas School of Law has established the Student Emergency Fund. The fund provides one-time grants of up to $500 to students in need of emergency financial assistance. Grants do not need to be repaid. Students can apply for assistance by contacting Leah Terranova at leaht@ku.edu or sending her a completed application form. Gift cards to Dillons or other grocery stores are also available for students struggling with food insecurity. Please contact Leah Terranova to obtain a card.

KU Law Student Emergency Fund Application (PDF)

RESOURCES FOR STUDENT SUPPORT

There are several campus and community resources that provide support for wellness, mental health and financial assistance. Find a comprehensive list of campus resources at protect.ku.edu.

Wellness and mental health

Food and financial issues

Information for international students

  • KU Law has been working closely with current and admitted international students to respond to the uncertainty resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the suspension of routine visa services at all U.S. embassies and consulates since March 20, we have allowed international students admitted to our Two-Year J.D., LL.M. and S.J.D. programs for the fall semester to defer their start dates until Spring 2021. KU's Office of International Affairs continues to assist us in monitoring the situation and advising admitted and prospective international students.
  • For further information, contact KU International Affairs: international.ku.edu/coronavirus-updates or 785-864-6161. 

Resources for faculty

RESOURCES FOR FLEXIBLE INSTRUCTION

Faculty information and resources have moved to a new Flexible Teaching website developed by the Center for Teaching Excellence: flexteaching.ku.edu. It will eventually replace the "Instructors" tab of remote.ku.edu.

KU's Educational Technology team can provide training on academic tools. View upcoming training events at workshops.ku.edu.

Additional resources for KU Law faculty are provided below.

Upcoming training opportunities:

  • July-August: Microsoft Teams for Academics (several dates in July and August; find upcoming classes and register at workshops.ku.edu)
  • July 22-27: The KU School of Journalism is offering three sessions to assist KU faculty in getting ready for a hybrid and/or online teaching format (learn more and register for the workshops)

Several university teams can provide support for different aspects of preparing for fall courses, including those at the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Center for Online and Distance Learning, and the IT Educational Technology Team. Find resources and contacts at flexteaching.ku.edu/help.


How to reach us

Many law school services are operating remotely. Here’s how you can reach us. This list will be updated regularly.

BUILDING AVAILABILITY

Following guidance issued by KU Public Safety on March 20, Green Hall will remain locked 24 hours a day for the foreseeable future.

Students who need access to the building to get their books, study materials or other belongings may email Chris Steadham, director of the Wheat Law Library, at csteadham@ku.edu, to schedule an appointment. Students who need access to a computer or other KU IT equipment in order to complete their coursework should also contact Chris Steadham.

STUDENT SERVICES

Academic Services and Registrar

KU Law will continue to support students with academic services:

  • Leah Terranova, assistant dean for academic and student affairs, is available for remote meetings. Contact Dean Terranova at leaht@ku.edu to schedule an appointment.
  • Vicki Palmer, registrar, is also available to meet or answer questions remotely. Contact her at vpalmer@ku.edu with questions or to schedule an appointment.

Career Services Office

Our CSO team will work with students and employers directly to answer questions about on-campus interviews, summer employment, career counseling, 3L exit interviews and other matters. Dean Heather Spielmaker and Career Services Director Stacey Blakeman are available to meet with students remotely. Students can request an appointment by emailing both hspielmaker@ku.edu and staceyblakeman@ku.edu.

Employers who would like to interview KU Law students or plan other activities with the Career Services Office should email Assistant Dean Heather Spielmaker at hspielmaker@ku.edu.

WHEAT LAW LIBRARY

The library will offer services to KU Law students, faculty and staff, as well as the public, remotely. No drop-in hours will be available. Here’s how users can access the library until normal operations resume:

  • Ask a law librarian: The Ask a Law Librarian service will continue to operate by email and phone while the facility is closed. Submit a question by emailing lawref@ku.edu or calling the circulation desk at 785-864-3026 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Research and study guides: The law library offers a wide range of online research and study guides. Find study guides on the KU Law website here.

Additional service updates KU Law students:

  • West Academic Study Aids: The law library continues to provide electronic access to West Academic Study Aids for students. Visit law.ku.edu/legal-databases for access to these study aids and many additional electronic resources.
  • Lexis has offered the following services for KU Law students:
    • Lexis Summer Access: All law school students have free, unrestricted access to using their Lexis Advance Law School IDs this summer. Students may use their Lexis Advance Law School ID for any purpose this summer. They may use it while working for a firm (whether they are paid or unpaid) and also for externships, internships, clerkships and summer classes.
    • Graduating 3Ls: Graduates will receive free access to Lexis for six months after law school graduation (until December 31, 2020). Students do not need to take any further action to do so. Lexis IDs will stay on and will be switched from a law student account to a graduate account. With the exception of Public Records, students will have access to the same Lexis content that they had while in law school.
  • Research assistance: Law librarians remain available for virtual assistance with legal research projects. Law librarians can also assist with providing electronic access to many required course texts. Contact lawref@ku.edu or Library Director Chris Steadham at csteadham@ku.edu for additional information on these services.

For additional information, call the library circulation desk at 785-864-3026.

ADMINISTRATION

The law school’s administration remains open and available for remote meetings. Contact the team you need directly through our faculty/staff directory.

PROSPECTIVE STUDENT SERVICES

Office of Admissions

Updates from the Office of Admissions are available on the Admissions FAQ - Latest News page. The page includes answers to frequently asked questions about the applications and admissions process. 

The Admissions team is available to meet with prospective students remotely and is happy to answer questions about the admissions process or the KU Law experience. To schedule an appointment, please email Steven Freedman, assistant dean of admissions (freedman@ku.edu) or Bryanna Hanschu, director of recruiting (bryanna.hanschu@ku.edu). To learn more about KU Law, visit the Request Information page.


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